Clann Eireann’s Charly Shanks leads the way in Ulster as he overcame Cavan’s Michael Finnegan in early February in the Mens Open Provincial 40×20 Final.
Shanks after his stint in America where he managed to work his way up to U.S. Number One, he has taken a break from the game due to injury and his Ulster Championship campaign was his first competitive play since last summer.
Although before the Ulster Final Finnegan was seeded at Number 4 in Ireland and Shanks at 17, Charly was still slight favourite having reached the All-Ireland Final in 2010 and 2011 before departing for New Jersey. On both occasions he lost out to World Champion and recently crowned New York Pro Stop Champion, Paul Brady. With the omission this season of Brady from this year’s Championship, it blows the competition open.
After dropping the first game to Finnegan by the narrowest of margins – 21-20, Shanks made no mistake in games two and three to emerge as Ulster Champion 20-21 21-14 21-10.
The Lurgan man is awaiting his All-Ireland Quarter Final, his opponent will be decided in the Back Door system next weekend.
With all of his winning experience Stateside, Shanks has now surely got his sights set on All-Ireland glory.
Our other adult players and our county juveniles are also making great strides in their respective Championships.
A special mention must go to recently crowned All-Ireland Junior Colleges (second level) All-Ireland Doubles Champions, Niamh Coleman and Alanna Doran. Both girls will also compete in the U-16 Ulster Doubles Championship.
Everyone at Armagh GAA Handball wish our players all the very best in your endeavors and we congratulate you on your success to date.
Mol an oige agus tiocfaidh siad.